I hear a lot of dismay out there about the environment, but I believe there is still hope for the planet Earth, that we might even reverse the ongoing Holocene extinction if we humans stop squabbling and really get our act together. As one great example, it is said to be possible to undo the greenhouse effect we have created by extracting CO2 from the air in order to reverse climate change. The technology already exists, in fact, it just needs to be scaled up. From its pilot plant in Squamish, British Columbia, Carbon Engineering has successfully developed and demonstrated … Continue reading Ways to Save Earth: Pulling CO2 From the Air to Make Gasoline
True Strange News: Have you ever thought of human perspiration as a biofuel? A stretchable sweat-powered biofuel cell can now run an LED light. Bioelectrochemists from France collaborated with a University of San Diego team in California who are experts in nanomachines, biosensors, and nano-bioelectronics. Together they developed a flexible conductive material consisting of carbon nanotubes, crosslinked polymers, and enzymes joined by stretchable connectors that are directly printed onto the material through screen-printing. Issue 43 of the Journal of Materials Chemistry shows that this work has been ongoing. “Wearable textile biofuel cells for powering electronics” was published in 2014 includes … Continue reading Flexible Sweat-Powered Biofuel Cells
In the future you may have a safe low energy nuclear reactor to power your home, or at least to heat your water. This is one suggestion by a NASA scientist several years back. Nothing came of it so far on the consumer market, but it is a strange idea still worth considering. NASA scientist Joseph Zawodny with a device used to test low-energy nuclear reactors (NASA) This reactor does not use fission, the process of splitting atoms into smaller elements employed by every commercial power reactor currently operating on earth. And it does not use hot fusion, the union … Continue reading NASA: A Nuclear Reactor To Replace Your Water Heater
It is strange that we still pay others for the energy we need to cook, to stay warm and to power our vehicles. Is a clean solution to our energy problems right under our feet? An amazing property of graphene … Continue reading Unlimited Pollution Free Energy with Graphene Wires?
“It almost looks like perpetual motion.” – Quote about a working Nitinol Engine. One of the memorable things reported at the famous crash in Roswell, New Mexico in 1947 of, supposedly, one or more flying disks, was a super light … Continue reading Video: Energy Generation From Nitinol “Alien” Memory Metal
Here are two practical ideas implemented in one human waste processing system: Researchers have developed a system which can generate electricity from urine — enough to charge a mobile phone — and also kill bacteria harmful to humans, an advance … Continue reading Invented: Urine Power that Kills Bacteria
This turbine free wind generator sounded awesome, but will it work? Let’s play “Hope” or “Nope.” Remember the fairly recent movie Ant Man? I refused to see it because it defied the laws of physics in an annoying way. Something very small … Continue reading The $1m electric asparagus generator, hope or nope?
The piezoelectric effect turns physical motion into electricity. It doesn’t generate much, (apparently about 0.2 watts per unit,) but if you scaled it to cover the entire side of a large building, you could generate useful power. To power a … Continue reading Wind power without blades
Here’s a great idea that is spreading, power to the people, from the people. … In a promising experiment in an affluent swath of the borough, dozens of solar-panel arrays spread across rowhouse rooftops are wired into a growing network. … Continue reading Peer-to-peer energy trading networks are growing